Funded Experience: Selznick's Vision of JSP and the Unfinished Agenda of the Interdisciplinary Movement in Legal Education
Issues in Legal Scholarship, Volume 10, Issue 1 (Dec 2012)
Posted: 25 Oct 2013
Date Written: December 2012
The late Philip Selznick was one of the leading sociologists of the 20th century and a founder of the modern law and society movement. At Berkeley, where he taught from 1958 until his retirement in 1982, Selznick created two institutions that are taken to be emblematic of the rise of law and social science and the interdisciplinary study of law: in the last third of the 20th century, the Center for the Study of Law & Society (founded in 1961); and, with Law Dean Sanford Kadish, the Jurisprudence and Sociology program (JSP), in 1977. Today, amidst signs that Oliver Wendell Holmes’ famous prediction that law would eventually belong to the man of statistics and the master of economics”2 is being realized (more than a century after he made it), Selznick’s vision for JSP is a reminder of the untapped potential of what we may call the "interdisciplinary movement" in law, for transforming the preparation of law students for practice and professional life, and of reconstructing graduate preparation for academic careers in law.
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